Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

SHS Community Raises $21,381 for Charity
The Stevenson community raised $21,381 for the Christopher Steele Foundation through a number of events in September, including Spirit Fest, the Spirit Revolution cheerleading and pom camp for youngsters, and T-shirt sales during the lunch periods. The official amount was announced during Friday’s Homecoming pep assembly.

Homecoming Royalty Announced
Nick Perozzi and Ashley Vallapurackal were named Homecoming king and queen, respectively, during the pep assembly on Friday. The other seniors on the Homecoming court included Lauren Carrell, Michelle Kraus, Venkat Mannem, Cassie Masters and Arun Pookote. Pioneer Press has brief question-and-answer articles with Vallapurackal and Perozzi.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots dominated the 10-team field en route to their first county title since 2007. SHS outscored host and runner-up Lake Forest, 288-249. Riley Kirby won the 100-yard backstroke (58.61) and swam on Stevenson’s three first-place relays. Julia Wawer won the 50 freestyle (24.34) and joined Kirby on two of the relays. The pair combined with Cheryl Xiang and Courtney Kamin to win the 200 free (1:37.63) and 400 free (3:31.07) relays. Kirby, Kamin, Leah Bloodgood and Rebecca Hannon won the 200 medley relay (1:50.62). Bloodgood was second in the 100 breast (1:07.57), and Xiang was second in the 100 free (52.21) and third in the 200 free (1:51.6). Wawer was third in the 100 free (52.62) and Hannon had a season-best time (5:11.58) to finish third in the 500 free. Other medal-winning performances included Casey Kirby (fourth, 100 back, 1:00.53), Kamin (fifth, 50 free, 25.14), Bloodgood (fifth, 200 IM, 2:14.88), Shayna Salzman (fifth, 500 free, 5:21.32), Yuka Kuwahara (fifth, 100 fly, 1:01.48 and sixth, 100 breast, 1:11.19), and Ashlin Ruiz (sixth, 200 free, 1:59.25). – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Tennis
Stevenson at Prospect Fall Classic Invitational: The Patriots won all four doubles championships and the No. 1 singles flight, capturing the team title over New Trier, 74-68. Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven prevailed over Oak Park River Forest’s top tandem of Taylor Arends and Tess Trinka, 6-0, 7-6 (1), for the No. 1 doubles title. Michelle Tulchinskaya and Kaylin Dong won the No. 2 crown with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) decision over Abby McCulloch and Alex Wolcoff of New Trier. Bryn Rubin and Caroline Kelmis upended New Trier’s Katie Huber and Kelly Rissman, 6-3, 6-2, for the No. 3 doubles title, and Gwenna Heidkamp and Thalia Noegroho outlasted the Trevian duo of Libby Grant and Charlotte Hinkamp at No. 4, 6-3, 1-6, 10-7. Zoe Manion won the No. 1 singles title, defeated New Trier’s Taylor Tamblyn, 6-3, 6-4. – Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: Sam Oh finished fourth in 14:52.1, leading the Patriots to an 18th-place showing among 30 teams. Jared Borowsky (15:47.0) also had a top-40 finish. Other Patriot runners included Jeremy Bloomfield (16:43.1), Hal Jones (16:55.0), Josh McMullen (17:22.3), Paul Udoni (17:26.5) and Paul Halliday (17:30.9). – Dye Stat, Daily Herald, High School Cube News

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots finished 25th among 27 schools. Their top runner was Julide Ozmeral, who placed 125th (20:42.7). Amy Lin (21:24.9), Sydney Pacernick (21:40.5), Katherine Xie (22:23.9), Eliza Sullivan (22:24.2) and Jenna Kindwald (22:28.8) were the other top SHS runners. – Dye Stat

Boys Golf
Stevenson at Lake Forest Invitational: The Patriots were 10th at Lake Bluff Golf Course. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 52, Vernon Hills 7: The host Patriots (3-2) won their third straight game with a dominating performance. SHS scored 17 points in the first 12 minutes and rolled to a 31-0 halftime lead, then rested its starters in the second half. Defensively, the Pats held the Cougars (1-4) to one yard of offense in the first half and 77 in the game. Willie Bourbon was 9-of-14 for 179 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action, and also had a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a score. Both of Bourbon’s scoring strikes went to Matt Morrissey. Reserve quarterback Jake Ruksakiati ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Conor Okmin and Aaron Saper also ran for TDs, and Mike Gambino had a 21-yard field goal. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald |Stevenson Broadcast Network webcast


Visiting Artist of the Month Paul Pinzarrone will be giving a presentation about his work and career during second and fourth periods today in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building.

The orchestras and choirs have concerts this week in the Performing Arts Center. The choirs will perform Tuesday night and the orchestras will play on Thursday night. Both concerts start at 7 p.m.

Are you interested in performing at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake in February? If so, there will be an informational meeting for Stevenson Peer Theater after school on Tuesday in Room 1414. No acting experience is necessary, and all are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Juniors and seniors: An Army recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fifth period on Tuesday, October 8. Students who are interested in meeting with the recruiter need to sign up in the College/Career Center. You will receive a pink pass that needs to be signed by your teacher in order to attend. If you have lunch or are free during fifth period, a pass is not required.


Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday after school in Room 7032 from 3:30-4:30. Come sign up for October community service trips. New members are always welcome.

Keep your eyes on the skies and help bring a totally cool weather station to SHS by joining Meteorology Club. Get excited to track snow days, participate in the famous NASA program, create a SHS website weather column, stylize SHS hallway monitors with cool weather forecasts, and be part of the School-Wide Mega-Weather Prediction Contest to raise money for disaster relief. Our first meeting will be held today in Room 8064 from 3:30-4:30. Pizza will be provided! Hope to see you there.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at


Interested in Davidson College? Stevenson can nominate one student for The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who represents the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: integrity, intellectual enthusiasm and excellence, global awareness and leadership. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, come to the College/Career Center and pick up the nomination form. This form is due back to the CCC by October 21.


Attention future engineers: CLC’s STEM Speaker Series will be presenting an Engineering Night on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grayslake campus.  There will be a keynote speaker and representatives from colleges, including the University of Illinois School of Engineering, to talk with students. You must register to attend. Visit for more information.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

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